How to overcome anxiety in life? Simple inexpensive treatment for anxiety and depression
There is no one in this world without anxiety. It is the degree and reasons to get anxious, depressed and worried varies between people. Medical researchers have also classified anxiety into different types, as well as suggested possible reasons for it. One thing that is well know is that anxiety is a neurological problem- or put in a more simple way, the cause of anxiety is in the way we think (which is connected to how the neurons in our brain are connected)
Symphony of Mind
Mind power is about mind or neural rewiring achieved by visualization and changing the way we think. A simple example is thinking about your greatest success in life and observing how your body feels and then thinking about your greatest failure or the most embarrassing situation in life and observe how your body reacts. The former creates positive energy and gives you so much new energy to work more. The later creates negative energy that kills all your enthusiasm. However, it is not possible to bring in positive thought by thinking something unreal and illogical. For instance, if a person is anxious about her finances, or fear of losing her home and asking her to think about a million dollar lottery win will not help her get out of the problem.
This is one instance where religion can help, esp Christianity. There are places in the world where you get killed for being a Christian, but people still remain as a Christian. One of the reason is the FEAR of the PAIN of being killed is lesser than the HAPPINESS and HOPE and other positive feelings they have of being a Christian. In US for instance, there are more Christians in places where life is harder. The reasoning is the same: HAPPINESS and HOPE and other positive feelings they have of being a Christian reduces the FEAR and ANXIETY of hard life over there.
How to overcome anxiety?
Some of the causes of anxiety that you can read in different websites are:
Stress at job, home, workplace....
Side effects of medication
lack of oxygen
fear of failure
past incidents of failure/embarrassment and fear of repeating the same
How Christians overcome anxiety?
"Religion offers an interpretative framework to understand the world. It lets you know when to act, how to act, and what to do in specific situation," - NewScientist.com
You can read the complete article here
The stress in job, family and workplace and failures in life can all cause anxiety. What Christians do is to take things in a positive way based on their solid belief in bible and what is written there. For them Bible provides a framework for them to understand the world. Bible provides them with HOPE and COURAGE in life.
Some of the words in the bible that gives people HOPE and STRENGTH to face world with COURAGE:
”Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things”.
”When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee”.
"Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
”I Will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth”.
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span?
"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.”
”Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
1 Peter 4:7
”The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.”
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."
The core of all these verses is to divert the focus from the stress inducing factors to something that gives you a life even after you are dead – an eternal life.
Consider a schenario: A person is stressed because she need to complete a lot of work but there is not enough time to do it. If she doesn't completes it on time, she may loose her job.
A Christian who really believes in bible may think like this: "Well, there is pressure to complete on time. I am stressed too, but God also knows that. I will try my best to complete it and rest God will take care".
In the end 3 things can happen:
1) Her boss understands the situation and takes no action
2) She is fired but get another job (may not be immediately )
3) She finishes on time
If case 1st or second case happens, she thanks God and this increases her faith and her mental power to overcome more stressful situations. She believes ” I can overcome everything through Jesus Christ”
This is the reason children are stress-free – because they trust in a higher power – parents.
Christians (who really believes in bible) are stress free – because they trust in higher power – God (heavenly father)
An interesting thing about real Christian life is that they are not looking forward for a prosperous life on earth, but an everlasting life after death. Many people have anxiety because of the fear of failure in life. While Christians are concerned about the failure to have a great life with God after death. Also, bible gives meaning to daily sufferings and worries in life. When Jesus lived in Israel, he suffered a lot. He was beaten up, insulted, stripped, betrayed, made carry cross and ultimately killed. When life gets hard, when Christians fail in life, they look to the cross and think - ”well the difficulties that I pass through is far less than Jesus, who was pierced to a cross and killed ” and Jesus also teaches them ” Who ever want to follow me, take up the daily crosses”.
So life and worries in life is meaningless for a true Christian and this makes them anxiety free, happy people.
Todays medical world provides several medication for anxiety. They have also published the side effects of anxiety and depression medication (this is rarely discussed).
Many people don't know about this- ” Anxiety medication can provide temporary relief, but it doesn’t treat the underlying cause of the anxiety disorder”. When we have fever we take an ibuprofane or paracetamol tablet and fever goes away and it has little known side-effects. However, anxiety medication have very serious complications.
Most commonly discussed sideeffects of anti-anxiety drugs
Increased heart rate
Nervousness and insomnia
Agitation (feeling jittery)
You can read more at this site
- 20 Tips on Fighting Anxiety, Depression, and Fatigue Naturally | Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Sometimes stresses of life can wear on a person until something breaks and they’re thrown into depression, an anxiety disorder, or chronic fatigue.
- Depression and Anxiety : Medication or spiritual treatment?
Why Anxiety medications have side effects?
As discussed above, anxiety medication treats the neurological problem (in the brain). The brain is such a complex system that many things are not clear how things work inside human brain. Usually scientists study a mouse or rat and checks what happens in the brain of rat if you give some medication. If rat gets cured of neural problem, the medication goes for human trials. As we all know mouse is not human and mouse does not think like human and their brain architecture is different, but there are similarities between mouse and human brains. Scientists have no idea what happens in the human brain (at molecular level) when some one takes anxiety medication. What they observe is that – anxiety get reduced and they don't care about the side effects and pharma companies makes billions. This article below lists a long list of side effects of anxiety medication. Is there any meaning in taking a medication for diarrhea and get diarrhea cured but gets a heart attack?
Anxiety treatment – conclusion:
Natural ways are the most safe and effective way to treat anxiety. Anxiety could be treated/reduced if the circumstances that causes it or how we think in those situations changes. It will be slow but very effective,lesser cost and long lasting. There are herbal treatment for anxiety, Chinese treatment for anxiety but what I recommend in this article is the most cost effective and practical method- the religious way.
At the individual level,religion only helps. It does more good than what 'self- believers' proclaim. Religion gives more understanding and meaning to life and death. It gives you hope and positive thoughts to overcome anxiety. Religion also teaches that your life is precious and there is someone who loves you and cares for you. You don't have to be always stressed out for 'survival of the fittest' (as evolutionists proclaim). I am pretty sure, you will find a priest or a nun near your place who could help you know more. This website may help you find them in US- WEBSITE
After reading this hub, some of you might feel like throwing eggs on me. There is a 'comments' section at the end of this article to do that. Good Luck!!